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There’s no shortage of interesting sights and attractions in Amman, a bustling city that seamlessly blends the ancient and the modern. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for the best things to see and do in Amman.
1. The Citadel. Perched atop the highest of Amman’s seven original hills, the Citadel is an archeological landmark worth the steep ascent. From its vantage point, the Citadel offers a panoramic view of the city’s downtown area and what Jordanians believe is the world’s tallest flagpole. The pillars of the Temple of Hercules are in the vicinity and the walk will lead you to an ancient palace and the National Archeological Museum, which features a slice of the priceless Dead Sea Scrolls.
2. The Roman Theater. This is an ancient auditorium that once held 6,000 spectators at a time. Due to the unusually high steps, be sure to wear a comfortable pair of shoes for this leg of the trip. Forbes Travel Guide editors found the exercise paid off with yet another mesmerizing view of the hustle and bustle of downtown Amman.
3. Jabal al Lweibdeh. This neighborhood is the epicenter of Amman’s burgeoning arts and cultural scene. Head to Darat al-Funun, an art-house-cum-café known for its galleries and lively performances. Even though its name means “little house of the arts,” it’s anything but: It’s home to three 1920s villas, a ruined Byzantine church and a garden that offers welcome respite.
4. Rainbow Street. No trip to Amman is complete without a stroll down Rainbow Street, a one-mile stretch dotted with trendy bars, art galleries and old stone homes turned into cafés. Tourists and locals alike enjoy the street’s ubiquitous terraces offering spectacular views of the city. During warmer weather, and only on Fridays, more people flock to the area for Souk Jara, a flea market with stands filled with jewelry, pashminas and antiquities.
5. Wine tasting. Though Amman is not traditionally known as wine country, the Winemaker is a first-rate boutique wine tasting and retail venue for locally produced St. George Wines. Together with pairings, you can sample certified organic, award-winning wines to suit every palate.